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Kanha Tiger Reserve languorously spread across a wide spread area of 1,949 sq. km, with 940 sq. km of core area and 1,009 sq. km of buffer zone; is one of the best habitats for tigers in India. The oldest known living tiger in the wild, Munna, who is a legend in his own right, romps these jungles and is recognised by a symbol on his forehead that reads – "CAT". Munna passes his legacy to his royal son, Chota Munna who is a dominant male in these forests.

Kanha is located in the Central Indian Highlands, which are part of the extensive tableland that forms India’s main peninsula. These were once an unending stretch of forests that formed a significant part of the country’s wilderness and wildlife habitats. These forests are now fragmented into parks such as Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Sanjay.

Kanha’s undulating landscape is dotted with dense groves of vegetation, hillocks and meadows. Of all these habitats, it is Kanha’s meadows that are its lifeline, as they sustain large numbers of Chital, Sambar, Barasingha and Gaur, which in turn support populations of predators and co-predators like Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats and Foxes.

The park is primarily a moist Sal and moist mixed deciduous forest where Bamboo, Tendu, Sal, Jamun, Arjun and Lendia flourish. It is home to over 1,000 species of flowering plants and about 300 species of birds and one of the best park for tiger safari in India.

Kanha’s lush Sal and Bamboo forests provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous narrative, “The Jungle Books”. Yet, Kanha’s greatest achievement, has been the preservation of Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha from near extinction. They numbered just sixty-six in 1970 and today there are more than four-hundred.

    Suggested Readings
  • Kanha Glimpses of a Tiger Reserve - Nayak and Shukla
  • Central Highland Forest - Capt James Forsyth
  • The Deer and The Tiger - George B. Schaller
  • Birds of the Indian Subcontinent - Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Instep
  • Field Guide to Indian Mammals - Vivek Menon
  • Photographic Field Guide: Wildlife of Central India - David Raju and Surya Ramachandran
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“Very clean, comfortable lodge, where each bungalow is apart from the others so you can have total privacy. The food is always good and tasty. But what will remain in my mind, apart my first sight of a tiger during 8 minutes, is how all the staff is kind and attentive. Impossible to find a better service.”

- M Cappez